A Traveler’s View of Events in Egypt

As I have mentioned many times, and will probably mention many times more, travel makes you perceive a place differently after you’ve been there. (Please read my 2009 essay on Travel and Tragedy and the corresponding quote from Adam Smith.) Last week there were riots and political protests in Tunisia and I watched the events …

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Saint Catherine Area

Saint Catherine Area - UNESCO World Heritage Site

From the World Heritage inscription for Saint Catherine Area: The Orthodox Monastery of St Catherine stands at the foot of Mount Horeb where, the Old Testament records, Moses received the Tablets of the Law. The mountain is known and revered by Muslims as Jebel Musa. The entire area is sacred to three world religions: Christianity, …

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Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis

Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis - UNESCO World Heritage Site

From the World Heritage inscription for Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis: Thebes, the city of the god Amon, was the capital of Egypt during the period of the Middle and New Kingdoms. With the temples and palaces at Karnak and Luxor and the necropolises of the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the …

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The Seven Wonders of Egypt

Great Pyramids and Sphinx The very fist list of wonders created by Herodotus in the 5th Century BC had the pyramids on the list. In 2,500 years, not much has changed. The Great Pyramids and the Giza Complex are still one of the most impressive sights in the world. The pyramids are from the Upper …

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Memphis and its Necropolis: the Pyramid Fields from Giza to Dahshur

Memphis and its Necropolis: the Pyramid Fields from Giza to Dahshur World Heritage Site

From the World Heritage inscription for Memphis and its Necropolis: the Pyramid Fields from Giza to Dahshur: The capital of the Old Kingdom of Egypt has some extraordinary funerary monuments, including rock tombs, ornate mastabas, temples, and pyramids. In ancient times, the site was considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World. There isn’t …

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